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“Great new find!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Licorish Bistro

Licorish Bistro
Ranked #4 of 1,084 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Gluten Free Options, International, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: We merge the classic and the contemporary to create fusion between food and culture for a new South African palate. We're at the Nicolway Shopping Centre, Bryanston
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great new find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

What a great experience really enjoyed the trio of fillet fantastic flavours, licorish ice cream was fantastic!!

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1 Thank Allangreg
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Unusual combinations, great taste”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

You cannot describe the food as fusion, but as perfectly prepared dishes with a twist - a twist that works and which adds a new and unexpected taste dimension. This is the most innovative food in Johannesburg. The service is excellent, the owner most attentive, and the wine selection well thought out. You will not be disappointed

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Kevin B
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Johannesburg
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing food in Joburg!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

A very unexpected experience! We were looking for a last minute sunday night restaurant, entered another mall and settled for Licorish restaurant, as it was one of the only one open!
The experience was great from A to Z, great service, beautiful menu! So nice to see new stuffs on a menu, changing from chicken livers, stuffed mushrooms....
Everything was so delicious! Very well priced for the food they served!
The strawberries crumble and licorish Ice Cream is a must!!!! Exceptionnal!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Maroute
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Johannesburg
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63 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Interesting and extraordinary food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Licorish Bistro is one of my new favourite restaurants in Jozi.

The food is so unusual, but really delicious. From interesting breakfasts that make plain egg and bacon options seem dull (like their eggs in sweet susheba with chorizo) to their street food menu (try the bunny chow. It's scrumptious*), every menu item is well thought out. While some of the combinations sound strange, they work. My favourites so far are the seared tuna steak with wasabi potatoes, the Ostrich fillet with baba ganoush** and beetroot chutney and, for dessert, the completely amazing fennel and honey cheesecake with smoked chocolate and Pernod jelly.

I chose to have my birthday dinner at Licorish because my husband and I both enjoy the food there so much, but I must admit it's not somewhere I could take my fussy family to eat as the food would be "too complicated" for my dad and brother, who are very much "meat, rice and potatoes" men.

For those who like something out of the ordinary, however, Licorish is fabulous. The service is also brilliant and while the Nicolway restaurant strip can get very noisy on weekends, the ambiance is pleasant too.

*For non-South Africans, bunny chow is bread stuffed with curry. It has nothing to do with real bunnies, I promise.
** A type of eggplant dip

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Tamara O
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Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“August dinner club”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

I choice of restaurant this month was Liquorise in Bryanston. The food and presentation was absolutely superb but the eating experiece clouded by having these master pieces delivered by insufficient service staff which definitely did not do it justice.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank ZuZanna B
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